Wrongful death claims are a special type of personal injury claim that involves the loss of life. A typical personal injury claim seeks to recover compensation for an accident victim. For example, if a reckless driver injures you, you file a personal injury claim to recover damages such as medical expenses, lost income, emotional stress, and physical pain. However, a wrongful death claim seeks to recover compensation for the survivors who lose a loved one in an accident.
Losing a loved one because of any reason is tragic; however, when that death is preventable, it can be extremely difficult to process. When another person or entity causes a death, it may be possible to hold that party responsible and accountable under Kentucky’s wrongful death laws. Because a wrongful death action can be one of the most difficult types of personal injury claims to handle, it is crucial that you hire an experienced Louisville wrongful death attorney as soon as possible to represent you and your family.
What Is Wrongful Death?
Losing a loved one is never easy. Losing a loved one because of another party’s negligent or intentional action can be devastating. It is terrible knowing that your loved one’s death was preventable and that you lost your loved one sooner than necessary. Under Kentucky’s wrongful death laws, a death is considered wrongful when a person, government entity, or company intentionally or through some type of negligence causes the death of a person.
Examples of situations that may give rise to a wrongful death claim include:
- A car accident results in a death
- A driver hits a pedestrian or bicyclists causing death
- A person fatally shoots another person
- A doctor or medical professional fails to diagnose a patient correctly
- A fall results in a fatal brain injury
- A dog attacks a child resulting in injuries that cause death
- A defective product causes a fatal injury
- A property owner fails to fix the stairs, provide adequate lighting, or provide adequate security
If you lost a loved one and you believe his or her death is due to negligence or wrongdoing, contact our office as soon as possible. You have a limited time to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If you do not file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires, you are unable to hold the party responsible for the death of your loved one accountable for his or her actions.
Call a Louisville Wrongful Death Attorney For More Information
If you have questions about a wrongful death action, our Louisville wrongful death attorney can help.
We offer free legal consultations, so it does not cost you anything to get answers to your questions and learn about your legal options.
Money is not a substitute for your loved one. However, a financial award can help you provide for your family after your loved one’s death. A wrongful death action can also help you find some measure of comfort as you seek justice on behalf of yourself, your family, and your loved one.
Contact the Shelton Law Group by calling 1-888-761-7204 or by using our online contact form.